Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meet your professional guide and set off to visit the ruined city of ancient Ephesus, founded by the Carians and Lelegs. Today, this is one of the most magnificent and best-preserved archaeological sites in the world.
See the glorious Celsus Library façade, restored and reconstructed in the 1970s, the Temple of Hadrian and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. Your guide will share some little-known details about the life and times of the ancient city.
Visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. This small museum in Selcuk boasts an incredible collection of Hellenistic and Roman statues, carved reliefs and artifacts unearthed from the ruins of Ephesus. The famous statue of Artemis (goddess of fertility) is housed here -- don't miss it.
Stop for refreshments and a optional carpet demonstration at a local weaving village. Enjoy watching the skilled artisans spinning and dyeing yarn and weaving carpets.
Return directly to the ship or stay in Kusadasi. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.
Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Expect dense crowding and congestion at the sites. The use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Ancient Ephesus is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable, non-skid walking shoes.